Saturday, January 19, 2013
Yesterday my sparkcoach assignment was to weigh correctly.
All right, I know what you're thinking. Does weighing correctly involve some of those moves we probably have all tried at one time or other?
LOL....the scale stealth move.....sneaking up ever so cautiously, almost holding your breath, willing yourself to be as light as you could possibly be? Doing the P maneuver.....emptying your bladder before even thinking about the scale....the B maneuver....stepping on the scale after a really um good bowel movement...LOL This is silly but be honest....have you ever?
The main take away from yesterday's lesson was to set a routine for the weigh in....same day....same time....same scale....same clothing or lack thereof. And....don't obsess on the scale and weigh every day or multiple times a day.
The assignment was to choose an official weigh in date....do it...& blog it.
Of course, I had already blogged yesterday by the time I read my coach lesson and I already had my weigh in date set.
Previously, I have not had a specific "official" weigh in day. Now, I didn't avoid that in order to wait until the scale was good to me or anything. With the work we had been doing, we could be called away on short notice and then be away from home (and the scale) for weeks. I found that keeping tabs on my weight daily kept me on top of it. For me, it also was a tool that helped me to identify certain things regarding the cause and effect of certain behaviors...the bloating effect of certain foods...the very distinct relationship of salt (restaurant dining) and my fluid retention...the post long run/heavy workout weight increase as well as the beneficial scale tool to determine fluid replacement needs when running. My daily scale excursions a tool not an obsession. But....I get the point. Looking at the long term is easier to see progress however slow than the day to day.
When I started sparkcoach, I had already set a starting weigh in day.....I chose my start day as my official scale day...I wanted to be able to gauge how the coach was helping me to blast off my plateau. So, Saturday is the day............That's today friends.
I continue to step on the scale daily as noted above, but the weight from Saturday is the only one that counts.
I am down 0.6 lb......HA!
No, that's not a blazing loss, but it's a loss. I am now a mere 9 lbs from the mother of all goals for me....my dream goal....the one that is my ultimate. And I am well aware that going from my good, healthy weight goal to my ultimate, best weight goal is by it's very nature going to be a slow process. Does that feel ok? Yes.
Now, after logging my weight, I looked at the report for my weight over time......I'm still laughing. The straight line from the start wt a year or so ago toward the goal as the projected ideal is a nice down ramp. My weight line went from basically the same weight to the same weight but it looked a bit more like my garmin forerunner graph of a typical run with changes in elevation along the year's "route" but generally staying the same. It's a weight maintenance chart! LOL Oh Well.
My chosen goal date for the goal is March. It is going to be interesting to see my progress. Will I reach the goal? Probably not. Will I make significant progress toward the goal? Yeah, I think so. I can always readjust the end date and it's going to happen in 2013....this I know.